Administration Orders Kaspersky Off of Government Systems

Sep 14, 2017

The Trump administration ordered government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their computer networks. Kaspersky is based in Moscow and is feared to be “vulnerable to Kremlin influenced that using its anti-virus software could jeopardize national security.” The company has denied the allegations saying, “No credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions.” The Department of Homeland Security said it was “concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks.” Federal agencies have 30 days to find out what systems have the software and 90 days to end its use.